What to do on a Friday? Go out for another game night? Go drinking again? Instead of having a typical start to your weekend, why not go back to a wholesome time when game night is what brought people together? Invite your friends, bring your best game face, and meet up at Cunsthaus
, an artists' collective in Seminole Heights, on Sept. 14 from 7-9 p.m. for beverages, snacks, and try out the recently released Nasty Woman Game for a night of fun.
“People have said it’s like Cards Against Humanity, but with a feminist twist. You’re given a Statement card, but everyone can shout out their response. The best response gets the card. They can trade their Statement Cards for Nasty Woman cards. Throughout the game, obstacles are thrown in your path like gender pay gap and lack of representation to show how it works in real life too,” says Amanda Brinkman, founder of the feminist design studio Shrill Society and creator of the wildly popular “Nasty Woman” shirt design in 2016. “I made the shirt, and it was unexpectedly viral. I wanted to create something that got those same people that got them around the table talking about these issues and have fun at the same time.”
Aligning with Shrill Society’s mission of supporting women, the game touts the artwork of illustrator Erin K. Wilson. Three to nine players can participate at a time, with Nasty Woman Cards featuring the likes of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Angela Davis, Kathleen Hanna, and Audre Lord. Players also respond to terms such as “The Bechdel Test,” “Intersectionality,” and “Mansplainer,” but Brinkman says that an extensive background on these topics isn’t necessary.
“It took about a year to develop the game because I did a lot of focus groups and research. It’s really important that this game can be educational without being exclusionary. The game has field notes where people can look up terms like ‘gender pay gap’ and ‘catcalling.’ Players start making these connections and are really surprised when they start learning about the details and seeing how prevalent it is,” Brinkman says.
A short Q&A session will precede the games.
For more information on Shrill Society, to purchase the game, or to browse other woman-designed products, visit their website here